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making news in america this morning -- >> economy outrage. wall street bankers summoned to the white house today for a showdown with the president. two, deadly attacks overnight on afghan police officers. do they show a weakness in the president's new afghan strategy? and dangerous search, by air and on foot, for hikers missing in some of the most hostile conditions on earth. it's monday, december 14th, 2009. good morning. i'm mike von fremd, in for jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. tough talk and maybe even some scolding expected at the white house today. >> the president will tell ceos from these megabanks that they
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have the government to thank for their improved business. >> viviana hurtado is live with all of the details. good morning, viviana. >> reporter: good morning, vinita and mike. the banks will hear they need to get their acts together. or face the wrath of americans and the president. compies may start adding jobs to their payrolls by the early part of the new year, according to the white house. >> forget what we say. most professional forecasters are now looking for a return to job growth by spring. >> reporter: economic recovery has been mixed, characterized by an unemployment rate at 10%, which could still rise before dropping. companies, especially small businesses, such as henderson custom cabinetry in new york city aren't taking risks or hiring. >> this is a joblessry coverry for us. make no doubt about it. >> reporter: many companies are having trouble getting loans. this has infuriated the president, who is expected to have strong words for bankers
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later today on their lending practices and bonuses, after the government bailout of the financial industry. mr. obama expresses frustration to cbs news. >> i did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on wall street. the only one's that are going to be paying out the fat bonuses are the ones that have paid back the t.a.r.p. money. >> reporter: the president is expected to urge lenders to help small businesses and refinance mortgages. many americans continue to struggle. and many economists are looking to the holiday shopping season. the thinking is consumers starting to spend could result in companies starting to hire. mike? >> viviana in washington, thanks so much. later this morning, "gma's" new co-host, george stephanopoulos, gets more details on tod's meeting, when he talks to adviser david axelrod. the president is giving
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himself high marks for his first year. he talked about the economy and his new afghan policy with oprah winfrey here last night on abc. winfrey asked him to grade his performance so far. >> what grade would you give yourself for this year? >> good, solid b-plus. the economy is growing again. we are going to get out of iraq. >> what could you have done better? >> b-plus because of the things that are undone. health care is not yet signed. if i get health care passed, we tip into a-minus. >> and that health care bill is still far from a final vote in congress. but the senate did pass a massive $1.1 trillion spending package yesterday. it ensures that the federal government will keep running through next september. the bill approves spending on medicare, medicaid and other programs. the afghanistan troop surge bens this week with the arrival of the first battalion
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of marines. many of the new troops will work alongside afghan police and security forces. >> that could be why two, separate police outposts were brutally attacked this morning. nick schifrin is in kabul with the latest. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, vinita. good morning, mike. that's right. there were two, separate incidents. they both happened around the same time. 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning in northern afghanistan. militants who were based in pakistan, assaulted a police station. they killed eight police. and at the same time, southern afghanistan, local taliban confronted police near their police station, also killing eight police officers. the afghan police are the linchpin of the u.s. strategy here. the u.s. will not stay here forever. but before they can leave, they will have to have an autonomous, not corrupt police force. there are about 200,000 afghan police and soldiers right now. but they're not very well
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trained. they're often corrupt. and they're not well paid at all. the u.s. is trying to increase their pay right now, so they can be paid more than the taliban. and the training is going to change as the u. soldiers and the marines arrive. they will actually eat with, sleep with, fight next to afghan police and soldiers, hoping the training can increase. and also, prevent any of the corruption, since the u.s. will see pretty much everything the afghans do. >> but, nick, these attacks coincide with the arrival of the pentagon's top officer, admiral mike mullen. this seems like terrible timing. >> reporter: it is terrible timing. and i think what mike mullen, admiral mike mullen, and senior u.s. officials admit, this surge is going to create more violence. the afghanistan will actually get worse before it can get better. president obama says he wants to withdraw -- begin withdrawing u.s. troops from afghanistan in july 2011. that can't happen without police and soldiers who are ready. and president hamid karzai, who admiral mullen is meeting today,
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will warn that afghan police and soldiers will need 15 years before they're ready. >> hard to hear it will get worsbefore it gets better. nick schifrin with the latest in kabul. thank you. the search for two missing climbers in oregon have been called off because of dangerous weather. crews will decide this morning whether to continue. the body of one climber was found over the weekend. abc's eric horng reports from mt. hood. >> reporter: we've got a new snowstorm rolling in right now. but for most of this day, we had clear skies. that enabled searchers to do an aerial search of this mountain. avalanche conditions, however, prevented searchers from looking on foot. over the weekend, rescuers found the body of 26-year-old luke goldberg. his climbing partners remain missing. the three climbers set out early friday. and it's said they ran into rough weather. goldberg's body was found around
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9,000 feet. and there are signs he suffered a fall. so, rescuers are focusing their search for the others around the 10,000-foot mark. but the weather has been frigid with sub zero windchills at night. >> we hear about survival stories. and there's been people on mt. hood that survived more than a week in a storm like this. we always hope for the best. >> reporter: searchers say unless they have a snow cave or other shelter, surviving the conditions will be tough. >> ideally, we'll be able to cover a large area in a relatively short period of time. >> reporter: we know that the climbers did not have one of these emergency locater beacons. we rented one of these for $5. searchers say one of these devices uld have made a difference early on. and now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. thick, morning fog with up to four inches of rain in east texas, new orleans, mobile, and pensacola. that dense fog extends all the way to washington, d.c. rain, with high winds and late
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mountain snow in seattle and portland. >> fargo only gets to zero trees. 13 in the twin cities. upper 13s in chicago and detroit. 36 in boise. and 52 in sacramento. the 40s in the northeast. 58 in atlanta. and 85 in miami. and when we come back on this monday, the search for a utah mother who has been missing for a week. are there holes in her husband's alibi? and the new prius unveiled overnight. what makes this one even greener than the last.
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it's it's time, now, for a check of market activity, starting overseas. tokyo's nikkei average was little changed today, ticking down two points. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened higher. wall street starts the day with the dow at 10,471, after rising 82 points last week. the nasdaq slipped 4 points to close at 2190. one of the big wall street taxpayer money is one step closer to returning that money. citigroup could announce as early as today, a deal with the government to repay its bailout. the plan calls for citi to raise more than $10 billion before returning $20 billion it owes taxpayers. the treasury could soon begin selling its 34% stake in the company. sa may be saved from the
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scrap heap. general motors is said to be in talks to sell the company to a chinese company, while selling the brand to another buyer. a different deal to sell saab fell through last month. and gm plans to phase it outf it doesn't find a buyer by the end of the month. toyota says it will sell its new plug-in prius in 2011. it's more environmentally friendly than the regular prius because it travels longer on electricity. they will be ready for leasing in the u.s. by the middle of next year. boeing's long-awaited 787 jetliner could make its first flight tomorrow, weather permitting. it took a final test drive over the weekend, in seattle. boeing has come up with a lightweight design for the 787, with less noise and pollution. but the project is more than two years behind schedule. the princess and the frog sleeped to the top spot at the
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weekend box office. the animated musical feature is disney's first africanmerican princess. and took in $25 million in ticket sales. "the blind side" finished second. folled by "invictus." disney is 2 parent of abc news. coming up on this monday, slipping support. tiger woods loses another major sponsor. and a late night battle between two of the nfl's big
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we continue, now, with a look at the morning road conditions. fog and slooding along the gulf coast, especially along interstates 10 and 20. fog from atlanta to baltimore. wet and snow-covered from portland to seattle. if you're flying today, expect airport delays in seattle, houston, most of the east coast and minneapolis.
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police in utah will interview the husband of a missing come again this week. josh powell says his wife, susan, was at home sunday night, when he took his 2-year-old and 4-year-old sons camping. he returned two days later to find her gone. police want to know why he took the boys camping in a snowstorm. and why susan left without her purse or cell phone. tiger woods' messy private life have cost him a major sponsor. a giant consulting firm that made tiger its public face has ended the relationship. now, others are closely watching. john berman has the story. >> reporter: in this ad featuring tiger woods, the consulting firm accenture advises, it's what you do next that counts. what accenture did next, after two weeks of scandal, was to cut woods loose. given the circumstances, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising. it is the most resounding rejection of woods yet, after a torrent of tabloid headlines,
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claiming affair after affair. >> today is what matters. >> reporter: earlier, gillette said it would respect woods' privacy, by limiting his role in their marketing programs. woods makes more than $100 million a year. most years, less than a quarter of that actually comes from playing golf. the rest comes from his now dwindling roster of span source. in the golf world, there is sympathy and concern for woods. this is his caddy. >> he's obviously got something to work out. you know, i just hope, you know, for everybody's sake, that him and his family, his lovely wife, elin, can repair the damage and get back together. >> reporter: but there is also concern for the game. >> we're still a very, you know, moraly-sound sport. >> reporter: the question is, will golf, golfers and companies, continue to take the risk of being associated with woods? john berman, abc news, florida.
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italian prime minister silvio berlusconi is in the hospital this morning after a bizarre attack. he was signing auto graphs in a crowd, when a man smashed him in the face with a heavy statuette, breaking his nose d two teeth. police arrested the man, who they say had a history of mental problems. the billionaire tried to confront his attacker before being hustled away. houston is the biggest city in the nation to elect an openly-gay mayor. annise parker downplayed her during the campaign. but she spoke of the probable of transformation. >> i came to city government to do things. to make things happen. to transform the city because cities can transform people's lives. and that's what i intend to do. >> parker takes office on january 1st.
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time, now, for sports. and several big wins in the nfl. here's mike yam and espn's. >> we start with an undefeated indianapolis colts team. a challenge against the denver broncos. peyton manning, of course, could win that mvp award. first quarter, his team up 7-0. manning, to dallas clark. a ten-yard touchdown pass. indy on top, 10-0. fourth quarter, broncos, down 21-10. kyle orton to brandon marshall. marshall set an nfl record with 21 catches in the game broncos down 21-16. indianapolis with the response. clarke, a thirtouchdown on the game. colts are perfect on the season. another perfect team, the saints. on the road in the atl. take on the falcons. drew brees to reggie bush. bush is gone. second touchdown for reggie. and the saints also perfect on the season at 13-0. battle in the nfc east.
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andy reid and company, taking on the g-men. second quarter, eagles on top, 17-10. desean jackson takes the punt. and he is gone, 72 yards. and the eagles are in control, 24-10. move it to the third quarter. giants down 304. making the run. eli manning to donovan hickson. 61 yards. and he is gone. giants up 31-30, after the p.a.t. manning threw for 3 touchdowns and 391 yards. that's a career high for him. ensuing eagles' possession. donovan mcnabb, to desean jackson. he has 8 touchdowns of 50-plus yards this season. that ties an nfl record. that will do it for sports. back to you in new york. well, mother nature put on a spectacular show over the skifs sacramento. a massive swarm of birds formed a quick-moving black cloud. it was so amazing, drivers pulled over just to get a better
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look. >> scientists estimated the formation included 500,000 birds. >> impressive to see how they move all at once. >> just the sky's black. coming up, a look ahead at the stories we'll be following today, including a by day at the post office. we'll be right back. my me's lisa. i'm from fayetteville, north carolina, ...and i smoked for 29 years. the one thing about smoking - is it dominates your life, and it dominated mine. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. that you could smoke on the first week. (announcer) chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of treatment, compared to 18% on sugar pill. it is proven to reduce the urge to smoke. i did have an unopen pack of cigarettes in my purse
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use caution when driving or operating machinery. chantix should not be taken with other quit smoking products. with the chantix and with the support system, it worked. it worked for me. (announcer) talk to your doctor to find out if prescription chantix is right for you. now, a look ahead at the stories we'll be watching on this monday. president obama talks tough with the nation's bankers during a white house meeting today. ahead of the meeting, president obama called some of the bankers fat cats who just don't get why they are still vilified by the american public. taliban fighters attacked two, separate police outposts in afghanistan this morning. one in the north. the other in the south. 16 policemen were killed. the attacks come as the pentagon's top military official
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arrived to meet with president hamid karzai. crews will decide today when to continue the search for two, missing clymers on oregon's mt. hood. bad weather forced a temporary halt overnight. the body of one of the climbing companions was found over the weekend. today marks a week since a missing woman was last seen at her suburban utah home. police say they will interview susan powell's husband again this week. he said he took their two, small boys camping and came home to find her gone. post offices around the country are expected to be jam-packed today. it's expected to be the busiest mailing day of the year, with 830 million cards, packages and letters being sent off. that's 40% more than average. coming up later on on "good morning america," we welcome our new team. robin and sam are joined by some new faces in the morning. george stephanopoulos and juju chang. that's coming up on "gma." >> a handsome-looking team, to say the least. >> you bet.
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♪ many americans have norman rockwell to thank for the
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holiday images forever etched in our memories. >> especially the heartwarming paintings that make us feel a little nostalgic. chris bury visited the town that inspired it all. >> reporter: on this december night, in a quaint, new england town, the wet flakes are falling, as if on cue. ♪ let it snow >> reporter: and notes of good cheer are drifting into the cold air. by morning, the village of stockbridge, coated in christmas frosting, looks like a holiday postcard. if this place seems familiar, it certainly is, thanks to this painting by the town's most famous residt, the late norman rockwell. >> it was meant to evoke the quintessential, american christmas holiday. that would make people all over
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the country, possibly all over the world, feel as though they had come home for christmas. >> reporter: rockwell and christmas had a deep and lasting relationship. his holiday covers for "the saturday evening post," are among his most popular works. in 1956, rockwell got another christmas assignment. this time from "mccall's" magazine, to do the holiday edition. it would take him more than a decade to finish. rockwell worked painstakingly, from a series of photographs, that depicd the scenes along main street. look closely and you can see the cars span the models over the 11 years it took rockwell to complete the project. not much in that 42-year-old painting has changed. most of the shops look the same. except the grand, old inn on the corner. it was dark after the summer seasons in rockwell's day. now, it lights up with a brisk,

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